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A new French word has been created: "textopornographie"

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A new French word has been created:
If you know much about the French language, you probably know that the French really hate to borrow words from other languages. Unlike English, where we will borrow words, massacre the pronunciation and call it a day, the French prefer to engage in a good bit of neologism, or the practice of creating new words. The newest of which is "textopornographie". We'll give you one guess what that is supposed to mean.

France loves its neologisms so much that it has a full commission to deal with creating new words - Commission Générale de Terminologie et de Néologisme. The theory is that more borrowed words makes the French language... well, less French, and that just isn't acceptable. So, the newest change is to rid France of the words "sexting" and "sext" with "textopornographie" and "sexto" respectively. 

Sometimes the changes are necessary to avoid confusion, for example the word "chat" had to be changed to "clavardage", because "chat" in French means "cat". Of course, how much the public actually changes its habits is completely separate from what the Commission says. For example, the Commission has also tried to scrub the term LOL (laugh out loud) in favor of MDR ("mort de rire," or "dying of laughter"), but if you check Twitter, there are still plenty of French tweets using LOL. 

source: Metro UK via The Verge

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posted on 18 Dec 2013, 13:45 8

1. kozza3 (Posts: 574; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


omg MDR

posted on 18 Dec 2013, 14:00 1

2. apple4never (Posts: 948; Member since: 08 May 2013)


lol gonna learn this in french class now

posted on 18 Dec 2013, 14:47

3. Planterz (Posts: 825; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


"SEXT" in Scrabble/WWF does not mean what you think it does.

posted on 18 Dec 2013, 15:55

4. ElScorcho (Posts: 21; Member since: 17 Jul 2013)


Yes there must be a commission to deal w/ "french-ized" foreign words.
I can tell you that french people don't care about it and use english words everyday.
I didn't know textopornographie, neither clavardage, and never heard anyone use those words.
I didn't think I'd learn french words on this site :-)
20 years ago people invented the word "mél" - for "message électronique" - as replacement to e-mail. Eventually the region where those french-ized words are most used is in ... Quebec, Canada. Those guys are pretty proud of their unique french speaking in northern America.

posted on 18 Dec 2013, 23:05

5. xtremesv (Posts: 222; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)


French is actually moribund like German, Italian and other European languages. Except for some African countries where a pseudo French is spoken, France and Quebec, with their pure French, will have their populations reduced by 2050. They'd better create a commission to preserve their language in long term digital media to avoid total oblivion instead of worrying for sexting.

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